UFC welterweight Rousimar Palhares needed just 31 seconds to dispose of Mike Pierce in his welterweight debut, but the win did not come without some controversy. After the fight-ending heel hook was locked in, Pierce immediately tapped out. Unfortunately, as he has been known to do, Palhares showed no mercy and refused to let go of the submission for a few more seconds.
Because of the unsportsmanlike conduct, Palhares forfeited his $50,000 fight night bonus for Submission of the Night, but that’s not the only punishment that he will face.
While UFC president Dana White did not go in to specifics, he did announce that Palhares would be handed down some additional punishment for his actions.
UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com Wednesday night that Palhares will receive an additional punishment for his actions, but he wouldn’t comment on any specifics.
Following UFC 111, Palhares was suspended 90 days for refusing to let go of a heel hook after Tomas Drwal had tapped.
If that sets any precedent, Palhares could be facing a longer suspension as a repeat offender.
The UFC needs to do anything it can to prevent fighters from getting avoidable injuries, and making sure that the athletes are held accountable for their actions inside of the octagon is one way to go about it.